Entry: Princess Hours/Goong/Imperial Household Monday, October 09, 2006

Princess Hours/Goong

Princess Hours (otherwise known as The Palace or Goong) (Hangul) is a Korean Drama which was released on 11 January 2006. It was distributed by MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation). It's based on the same titled Manhwa by Park So Hee, which has run for 12 volumes so far (as of June 2006).



Title: Goong (Gung)

Also known as: Palace (lit. translation) / Princess Hours (MBC Global Media) / Imperial Household

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Episodes: 24

Broadcast network: MBC

Broadcast period: 2006-01-11 to 2006-03-30

Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM

Songs: (ΰ)Perhaps love - Howl &J


Synopsis from d-addicts.com

Goong () is based on the same titled manhwa by Park So Hee.

Goong is story about the love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with a startling diagnosis that the King is terminally ill. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin, is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae-gyung that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae-gyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin's grandfather.

As in life, humor maskes the pain in this beautifully shot drama.


Synopsis from wikipedia.com

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Set in an alternate reality where Korea posseses a royal family, this show revolves around the lives of the lives of the crown prince Shin, and his new bride, Chae-Gyung. The series starts off with the news that the Emperor, Shin's father, is severely ill. With the grim outlook on the emperor's health, the royal family scrambles to find a wife for Shin, so as to allow him to take over the royal throne if the situation requires so. Despite being in love with another girl, the ambitious and talented ballerina Hyo-rin, who Shin initially proposed to, Shin eventually marries an average girl who he was betrothed to by his late grandfather in an old agreement with her's, the headstrong yet lovable Chae-Gyung, after he was rejected by Hyo-rin. Despite initially feeling nothing for Chae-Gyung, love eventually blossoms between the couple.

In the meantime, however, matters are further complicated with the return of the Yul and his mother, who was once the crown princess before the death of her husband the late crown prince, who was the older brother of the current emperor. Yul and his mother were chased out of the palace some time after the death of his father her husband, and it is latter revealed that it was so as the Emperor had found out about the affair between Yul's mother and Yul's uncle, the current emperor. Yul's mother had returned with a sinister motive in mind; to restore her son back to the royal throne, which would have been his eventually, if his father had not died. A flurry of events descend upon the palace with the schemes Yul's mother carries out, and is further intensified by the various scandals involving the royal family, which are inclusive of the Shin's continuing relationship with his old flame Hyo-rin, and the budding love Yul developes for Chae-Gyung, Shin's new found bride.

The first series ends with the 'real' marriage of Shin with Chae-Gyung in Macau, and the possibility that Chae-Gyung is pregnant with Shin's baby.

Spoilers end here.


Episode Summaries

See [1] (http://goong.blogsome.com/category/episode/) (Please do not plagiarize).



Yoon Eun Hye as Shin Chae-gyung

Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Shin

Kim Jeong Hoon as Lee Yul

Song Ji Hyo as Min Hyo-rin

Choi Sung Joon as Kang In (Shin's friend who secretly likes Hyo-rin)

Lee Yong Joo as Jang Kyung (Shin's friend who likes Kang Hyun)

Uhm Sung Mo as Ryu Wan (Shin's friend who's filming every moment)

Jeon Ji Ae as Lee Kang-hyun (Chae-gyung's friend with the glasses)

Lee Eun as Kim Soon-young (Chae-gyung's friend)

Dan Ji as Yoon Hee-soong (Chae-gyung's friend)

Kang Nam Gil as Chae gyung's father

Im Ye Jin as Chae gyung's mother

Kim Suk as Shin Chae-joon (Chae-gyung's brother)

more (http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/gung/cast/index.html)


Episode Ratings




seoul area


ep. 1

16.2% (5th)

16.6% (5th)


ep. 2

16.0% (6th)

16.5% (7th)


ep. 3

14.3% (9th)

14.3% (8th)


ep. 4

15.1% (9th)

15.3% (8th)


ep. 5

19.7% (5th)

20.5% (4th)


ep. 6

16.5% (8th)

16.5% (7th)


ep. 7

13.7% (11th)

14.0% (10th)


ep. 8

18.6% (6th)

19.1% (6th)


ep. 9

24.0% (2nd)

25.2% (2nd)


ep. 10

25.2% (2nd)

26.3% (2nd)


ep. 11

24.5% (2nd)

25.7% (2nd)


ep. 12

25.6% (2nd)

27.2% (2nd)


ep. 13

25.0% (2nd)

25.8% (2nd)


ep. 14

26.7% (2nd)

28.4% (2nd)


ep. 15

27.9% (2nd)

28.8% (2nd)


ep. 16

24.3% (3rd)

25.0% (3rd)


ep. 17

25.8% (2nd)

26.1% (2nd)


ep. 18

26.6% (2nd)

27.1% (2nd)


ep. 19

27.0% (2nd)

27.3% (2nd)


ep. 20

27.1% (2nd)

26.9% (2nd)


ep. 21

24.6% (2nd)

25.2% (2nd)


ep. 22

24.4% (2nd)

25.5% (2nd)


ep. 23

25.4% (2nd)

26.9% (2nd)


ep. 24

28.3% (2nd)

28.8% (2nd)




Source: TNS Media Korea(http://www.tnsmk.co.kr/)

get "Goong" wallpapers at http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/gung/wallpaper/index.html

CREDITS TO: wikipedia.com & d-addicts.com


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